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A Nourishing Meme


Webster defines a meme as "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture."

Wikipedia says, "coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information that can be transmitted from one mind to another. Dawkins said, Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. A meme propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution analogous in many ways to the gene (the unit of genetic information).

My precious friend Phylameana lila Désy, who is the Guide to Holistic Healing at and the owner of Spiral Visions, has asked me five questions intended to promote a "Nourishing Meme" in the blogosphere. This meme originated with Joanne Hay.

The five questions, with my responses, are:

  1. What is the most nourishing thing you frequently do for yourself?
    Every day, I take at least 30 minutes of "me time" to pray and meditate. This is quiet time that is never to be interrupted. The phone is off the hook, and my husband doesn't interrupt me. One of my favorite things to do during this time is to focus on a lovely golden yellow citrine sphere I have and visualize exhaling dark negativity and illness and inhaling the golden rays of God's healing energies.
  2. For your health, what will you never compromise on?
    Good health care. I firmly believe that optimal health is achieved only when doctors and patients work together as treatment partners in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and I will settle for nothing less. A doctor who doesn't have time to spend with me, won't answer my questions, or who won't pay attention to what my body is telling me is not my doctor very long.
  3. Where do you get most of your health information?
    From a combination of sources -- my doctors, medical journals, colleagues, and the Internet.
  4. What single whole food or supplement has turned your health around the most?
    Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 has turned out to be an excellent Migraine preventive for me. It also has increased my energy levels and is good for my heart.
  5. What is your favorite natural therapy?

Now comes the part where I ask others to participate in the Nourishing Meme and answer these same questions on their blogs. So, I'm asking Kerrie at The Daily Headache and and Melanie with her blog Life in my head. I hope everyone will find this as thought provoking as I have. You don't have to be invited to participate. Feel free to do this meme on your blog, and if you do, please let me know!

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

We who live with chronic headaches and Migraine disease have something in common with 96% of people who live with a chronic illness -- our illness is invisible. We don't live with our heads bandaged, walk with a cane, or show any other outward sign of our illness.

September 11-17, 2006, is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW). The theme this year is, "My Illness Is Invisible But My Hope Shines Through!" NICIAW is an annual major public awareness campaign sponsored by HopeKeepers Magazine, a consumer magazine that offers spiritual encouragement for those who live with chronic illness or pain. Feature Article.

Dr. Krusz on the radio today! Listen online.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder that: a) is sometimes experienced by Migraineurs as a comorbid disorder, and b) is sometimes misdiagnosed as Migraine disease.

Our very own Dr. John Claude Krusz (Ask the Clinician) will be discussing trigeminal neuralgia today on VoiceAmerica radio, and we can listen online.

The show: Trigeminal Neuralgia – The Pain Never Stops. Thursday, September 7. 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. eastern

Guests on the show: Claude Krusz, M.D., Ph.D, Michael G. Pasternak, Ph.D, Alana Grece, B.S.N., R.N., & Shelly Wilson

More about the show: Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a very painful chronic condition suffered by many people in this country alone. Helen will be talking with four people who are experts in the field and who will be able to give her listening audience valuable information on this condition. Dr. John Claude Krusz (long time guest on PainTamers) will be speaking with Helen on TN and the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA) and how this organization can help. Also on the show will be three people of varying professional backgrounds; Michael G. Pasternak, Ph.D. is President of the TNA, Alana Grece, B.S.N., R.N. is currently the Director of Patient Support for the TNA national office and Shelly Wilson volunteers for the national, non-profit TNA by running support groups and sitting on the TNA’s Board of Directors. The common thread that runs between these people is they are all people who suffer with TN. They definitely know from where they speak! Be sure to log on and listen to this informative show. If it’s not for you then listen for information for someone you know that might be helped by the information planned for the show. And call in…what an opportunity to be able to ask questions to these people with just one phone call!

Whether you have TN and want to learn about it or you'd just like to listen to Dr. Krusz, listen online today at 5 p.m. eastern time. You're also invited to call in and ask your questions about TN.

Gotcha, Active Periodicals!

Yesterday, I blogged to vent my frustration with the abuse and harrasment being perpetrated by Active Periodicals. Today, I must make an admission...

I didn't know as much about the Do Not Call List as I thought I did. I thought a company with whom we have a business relationship was exempt and could continue to call. Wrong! There's an exception to that. Allow me to quote the Do Not Call F.A.Q. from the FTC site:

    A telemarketer or seller may call a consumer with whom it has an established business relationship for up to 18 months after the consumer's last purchase, delivery, or payment - even if the consumer's number is on the National Do Not Call Registry. In addition, a company may call a consumer for up to three months after the consumer makes an inquiry or submits an application to the company. And if a consumer has given a company written permission, the company may call even if the consumer's number is on the National Do Not Call Registry.

    One caveat: if a consumer asks a company not to call, the company may not call, even if there is an established business relationship. Indeed, a company may not call a consumer - regardless of whether the consumer's number is on the registry - if the consumer has asked to be put on the company's own do not call list.

YES! Gotcha, Active Periodicals! I had recorded the date and time of one other call, one from August 10. Thus, not only was I able to file a complaint with the FTC, I was able to file two of them, one for August 10 and one for yesterday, September 2.

Here's my promise to Active Periodicals... I will file an additional complaint with the FDA every single time you call me from now on. Don't believe me? Watch me!

If you buy from Active Periodicals, they'll harass you, headache or not!

I know this is a bit off-topic, but I have a horrid tension-type headache today, and a sales person for Active Periodicals just got on my last nerve!

If you never take another piece of advice from me, take this one! Never do business with Active Periodicals. They're one of those companies that work for magazine publishers whose magazines aren't getting the readership they want. They offer you about half a dozen magazines -- free. You don't pay the regular subscription rate, just the postage. Now, I don't know that I believe that, but when I sat here and did the math, I could get subscriptions to magazines I really like and pay far less than the subscription rates. So, I agreed, and a modest amount is debited from my checking amount each month for two years, and I get the magazines for four years.

Now, here's the problem. They keep calling me. Daily sometimes, but at least a few times a week. They say they want to thank me for my business and be sure I'm getting my magazines. But, what they really want is to thank me by "offering me a special offer." In short, they want to sell me more magazines. I've asked them to quit calling. I called their customer service phone number that's on my bank account statement. Customer service informs me that the sales department is separated from them, that customer service will never phone me, that they  have no control over who the sales department calls.

So, I just had another phone call from Nancy at Active Periodicals. I tried to be polite. Here's how the conversation went:

    Me: "I've asked several times not to be called by your company."
    Nancy: "We're exempt from the Do-Not-Call List."
    Me: "I know the exemptions to the list. I don't want to talk to you."
    Nancy: "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you."
    Me: "Xxxxx you, baby."

Then I hung up. Yes, I know I shouldn't have lost my temper. My head hurts, and I lost it. I X'd out the word, but just so you know, it was a mild expletive. Not really nasty or profane.

I repeat, Steer clear of Active Periodicals unelss you want to be mercilessly harrassed.